Traditional models of training in group work have utilised the group as a resource and in vivo situation for skills demonstration, practice and supervision. In this presentation we will explore the boundaries of this use of the group to extend to the group as a trainer, supervisor and as the ground of a holistic wisdom above and beyond that of the group members. Such conceptualisation offers alternative lens for viewing the group that derive from the field perspective of Gestalt therapy.
The Gestalt field perpective of groups helps makes sense of our movement beween our logical, cognitive understanding of group process and the more intuitive, immediate experiences of the group as a whole. We will explore the principles and maps that derive from the intrinsic nature of the group as a whole and experiement with how to use these principles to guide practice.
People who have been subjected to human rights violations invariably suffer from overwhelming levels of fear and anxiety which threaten the integrity of the personality. Their feelings permeate the
As a consumer of therapy, what do you do with feeling totally exposed in a first session - simply by the therapist's way of being? How can you trust when the physical layout is not inviting but distancing? What if you feel criticised and judged; or worse, abused? All natural and perhaps frequent reactions but what if the therapist is unaware? Or aware and silent? Is it all grist for the mill to work through? Or unnecessary angst? What if the promise of a therapist is unrealised? How does a consumer of therapy begin the onerous task of seeking yet again? And again? What unrealistic expectations are brought into the next room? What damage are therapists doing without knowing? What good are they doing without knowing? Can they ever really know? These questions are explored in a personal and reluctant journey into therapy by a beginning therapist.
This presentation, "Responding to the needs of consumers with complex trauma histories a consumer perspective" focuses on the needs of adult survivors of child abuse, highlighting the frequent